The Pearl Oyster

The Pearl Oyster

1st Edition - September 2, 2008

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  • Editors: Paul Southgate, John Lucas
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780444529763
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080931777

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Contrary to a generally held view that pearls are found by chance in oysters, almost all are now produced from farms. This book is a comprehensive treatment of all aspects of the biology of pearl oysters, their anatomy, reproduction, genetics, diseases, etc. It considers how they are farmed from spawning and culturing larvae in hatcheries to adults in the ocean; how various environmental factors, including pollution affect them; and how modern techniques are successfully producing large numbers of cultured pearls. This is the ultimate reference source on pearl oysters and the culture of pearls, written and edited by a number of scientists who are world experts in their fields.

Key Features

  • Comprehensive treatment of pearl oyster biology and pearl culture
  • Written by the top world authorities
  • Highly illustrated and figured
  • Of practical relevance to a broad readership, from professional biologists to those involved in the practicalities and practice of pearl production


Oyster, mollusc and marine biologists, Aquaculturalists and practioners in oyster culture

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
    Taxonomy and phylogeny, Soft tissue anatomy
    shell, structure and biomineralisation
    Feeding and metabolism, Reproduction development and growth
    Environmental influences, Pearl oyster culture
    Pearl production
    Exploitation and culture of major commercial species
    The pearl market
    Disease and predation
    Population genetics and stock improvement
    Economics of pearl farming
    Environmental impacts of pearl farming
    Future development

Product details

  • No. of pages: 544
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier Science 2008
  • Published: September 2, 2008
  • Imprint: Elsevier Science
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780444529763
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080931777

About the Editors

Paul Southgate

Affiliations and Expertise

School of Marine & Tropical Biology, James Cook University Townsville, Queensland, Austalia

John Lucas

Affiliations and Expertise

Centre for Marine Studies, University of Queensland, St. Lucia, Queensland, Australia

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